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Back in August, Warner Bros. issued a December 15, 2017 release date for Ready Player One, which has Steven Spielberg set to direct. At the time, this highly-anticipated adaptation of Ernest Cline's novel didn't have any direct competition, but last month, Disney and LucasFilm announced that it was moving Star Wars: Episode VIII from May 26, 2017 to December 15, 2017, to give writer-director Rian Johnson more time to work on the script. As expected, Warner Bros. has now shifted Ready Player One's release out of 2017, issuing a March 30, 2018 release.
As of now, Ready Player One's only direct competition will be an unspecified Universal Monsters project, which has been rumored to be a remake of The Wolf Man. Warner Bros. also shifted the release date for their superhero adaptation The Flash, moving it up one week from March 23, 2018 to March 16, 2018, giving it some separation from Ready Player One. The Flash doesn't have any »
Each month, several films and TV shows leave HBO Now’s catalogue. We provide a list of titles leaving the platform, along with a selection of titles that may interest you. For more comprehensive coverage of the best titles available on HBO and elsewhere, check out Vulture’s Streaming Hub, which is updated throughout the month.A real boy now: A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) First developed by Stanley Kubrick, then completed by Steven Spielberg after Kubrick’s death in 1999, A.I. melds the former’s icy precision with the latter’s optimism and warmth. The result is jarring and eerie, but worthwhile, even in its paradoxes. Spielberg’s recent work has turned to smooth historical epics, but here he’s contradictory and fascinating. Leaving February 29. Like tears in the rain: Blade Runner (1982) A Blade Runner sequel is coming for us all very soon, but as good as it may be, it's impossible »
- Jackson McHenry
Just in time to snuggle up with someone on the couch for Valentine's Day, HBO Now and HBO Go are blessing us with some fresh new titles for February. From the oiled-up dudes of Magic Mike Xxl to the epic car chases of Furious 7, there are plenty of awesome movies to choose from, so hop on the chance to watch them while you can. Also make sure you check out January's selection before they disappear! Theatrical premieres: Feb. 1: I Origins Feb. 6: A Walk Among the Tombstones Feb. 7: Annabelle Feb. 13: Furious 7 Feb. 20: Magic Mike Xxl Feb. 27: San Andreas Original programming highlights: Feb. 5: Vice, season four premiere Feb. 5: Animals, season one premiere Feb. 14: Vinyl, season one premiere Feb. 14: Last Week Tonight With John Oliver Feb. 21: Girls, season five premiere Feb. 21: Togetherness, season two premiere Other notable movies coming Feb. »
- Quinn Keaney
With such a wide-open race this year, it was hard to predict which movies would be the leading candidates to grab an armload of Oscar nominations -- or even how many Best Picture nominees there were likely to be.
Still, there were a lot of names and titles that experts expected to be on the list when the Academy announced its nominations on Thursday morning. Now that the list is out, we can all express the proper shock and outrage and delight over which of our favorites made the cut and which got robbed.
This was one of the easiest categories to predict. But one of the bigger surprises among nominees was Bryan Cranston as Hollywood's favorite blacklisted screenwriter, Dalton Trumbo, in "Trumbo." Fans crossing their fingers for Michael B. Jordan ("Creed") or last year's nominee Steve Carell ("The Big Short") were disappointed as well.
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- Gary Susman
Saoirse Ronan is going where few former child starlets have gone before her: back to the Oscars for first time since she was 13. The Irish actress was nominated for Best Actress for her performance in the period drama Brooklyn on Thursday, and she's considered by many critics to be a serious contender in a category that includes the likes of Brie Larson and Cate Blanchett. And while Ronan is only 21, this isn't her first trip to the rodeo. The actress shot to stardom back in 2007 for her turn as Briony Tallis in the film adaptation of Ian McEwan's 2001 novel Atonement. »
- Mike Miller
Just months after Olivia Cooke was chosen as the female lead in Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One, the casting process has shifted to find the villain. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story actor Ben Mendelsohn is in early talks to portray the main antagonist in this adaptation of Ernest Cline's heralded sci-fi novel. Warner Bros. wouldn't comment on the story, but negotiations are said to be in the very early stages.
Warner Bros. acquired the rights to Ready Player One back in 2010, two years before the book was actually published. The story centers on a teenager named Wade Watts, who becomes obsessed with a virtual reality world known as Oasis, that allows players to live out their fantasies. After the game's creator suddenly dies, an elaborate treasure hunt is held within the Oasis world, with the winner emerging to take control of the entire company. »
6 items from 2016
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